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Lichfield driver Adam Christodoulou enjoyed a weekend of mixed fortunes as he returned to the Nurburgring for a four-hour race.
Things started positively for the city speedster and his Team Black Falcon colleagues with a pole position in qualifying.
The race saw Christodoulou kick off the session at the front, but the AMG Mercedes quickly began to develop issues with overheating after leaves became stuck in the grille, forcing an early pitstop to remove them.
The unscheduled halt meant the team fell three minutes of the pace in 107th spot.
But Christodoulou rallied to bring the car up into 10th before handing over to team-mates Hubert Haupt and Dirk Muller who brought the car home in sixth position.
Christodoulou said: “The car felt so good in qualifying. The team had done an amazing job, it was a great feeling to put the car on pole.
“Some people say anything can happen at the Nurburgring, but collecting leaves in the grille was something none of us anticipated.
“It was a real shame we couldn’t turn our pole position in to a win, but Hubert, Dirk and the whole team did a great job and we made a great comeback to sixth place.
“Next year we will return to the ring with a new car and I just can’t wait to get back out there.”